Walking Lands End to John o'Groats - Helston Sunday 26 April 2015
Miles walked today: 17
Total miles: 28
It's funny how a tune rattles around in your head when you're out and about. Yesterday was Chacka Demus and Pliers seminal hit "Tease Me" - today Roxy Music's "Would You Believe" from their amazing first album. Teen says it's the same for her, the Proclaimer's "Walk 500 Miles" her most recent.
We walked for a while out of Penzance with Barry and Geoff. They are just over half way through the South West Coast Path. 630 gruelling miles from Minehead to Poole. They are both very experienced walkers, and marathon runners. Geoff has (amazingly) walked all the UK national trails.
Today we stayed on Geoff and Barry's path until Porthleven, where we diverted inland to Helston. The blue sky - punctuated with fluffy white clouds - was reflected in the sea. St Michael's Mount looked spectacular, and the birds were out in force singing to us. We saw some Choughs flying above, and Barry pointed out a seal poking it's nose out of the waves. A great many surfers could be seen trying to catch their special wave, their black wetsuits dotted about in the surf.
All along the coast were the remains of massive stone buildings and chimneys, a reminder of the bygone tin mining industry. Some of the mines extend a long way out under the sea.
The final leg of the walk today was through a national trust estate. Penrose Estate is a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, the largest natural freshwayer lake in Cornwall, cut off from the sea by a broad shingle bar heaped up by heavy atlantic seas.
As we walked into Helston, we saw the Strathallan guest house, which had vacancies, a lovely room and a recommendation for an excellent Indian restaurant.